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On October 3rd we began the fall project of helping our friend Nancy (organizer of the Peninsula garden tour) create an ornamental border with the newspaper and cardboard method.

October 3rd

Day one: painfully hot and bright!  I was so desperate for a cooler work shirt that we almost left to drive home and get one; then I realized I had a cotton shirt in the back of the car.  October is not supposed to be so darn hot!

looking west from southeast corner

looking west from southeast corner

(Above). The beds behind Nancy (standing, on right) who did not want to be in the photo but did not back up far enough, oops) are her extensive veg garden. After seeing our garden, she wanted more flowers, thus the new area.

and so it begins

and so it begins

(Above)  I have cut  lines in the sod with the half moon edger  (which is leaning against the wheelbarrow.)  Allan has begun to pull up the strips of sod.

the halfway point of the long bed, showing neighbours' house to the south.

the halfway point of the long bed, showing neighbours’ house to the south.

looking east from halfway down the border to be.

looking east from halfway down the border to be.

around the trees

around the trees

By blissfully cooler early evening, we have dug out a wide strip of sod along the edge of the new border,  and we also dug out around existing trees so the roots won’t be buried too deeply.

another tree dug around near west end of border

another tree dug around near west end of border

Looking east: edges and trees dug around

Looking east: edges and trees dug around

looking east

looking east

Looking east:  Grass path between veg patch and ornamentals will remain. Salmonberry patch (right) will remain for hummingbirds.  And also because I am too old and tired to dig them out.  It is true, however, that salmonberry flowers are one of the earliest hummingbird foods, and I have used the same excuse for not digging them out in my own garden.

looking east

looking east

Looking east from halfway back….areas dug out to tuck newspaper down into.  Soil will cover the newspaper to make an instant bed. Well, instant considering it took five long hot hours to dig out these areas.  Maybe a sod cutter would have worked, but I prefer the quietude of hand tool work.

looking west

looking west

We leave this garden for awhile as Nancy is going on vacation and the whole idea is to create the garden with her.  We will return on October 17th.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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